Encouragement

September 2019

Have You Quit Believing Too?

By |2019-09-05T09:10:01-06:00September 5th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Over the past year I’ve watched many walk away from Your promises and truth. Heavenly Father, it breaks my heart and I wonder if it’s causing others to question their faith. I wonder because their statements cause me to have questions. Am I missing something?

You gently remind me as I read Your Word that many will fall away because Your truth doesn’t line up with how they want to live.  The world blinds us by lies. Your truth tells me, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” ( 2 Timothy 4:3 ESV).

You alone know our hearts. You alone know mine. And You are deeply interested in all of them. You know whether or not Your Spirit has enabled others to truly turn their lives over to You. It is not for me to judge others, but to love them. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians that there is one way to identify real, God-driven conversion: It happens with power, Your Holy Spirit, and deep conviction. When You are at work, real change happens in the heart. And heart change always shows up in our attitudes and actions as Your Spirit empowers us to overcome sin patterns and live in the fullness of grace.

I will faithfully proclaim Your truth. You alone know our hearts. And my heart belongs to You.

July 2019

I Need You

By |2019-08-04T09:51:54-06:00July 24th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Seek Truth|

My heart aches when I think how far we have gone – how far we’ve removed Your Word from our lives. Lord, we have conformed to the world and lies surround us. We have turned away from Your truth and lives are being torn apart. We need You. I need You!

You speak to my soul and calm my fears as I read Your Word. Your truth tells me, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV).

Lord, I will stand firm against the world and seek Your truth – Your Word for my life. It is time to put You first in everything I do. Let Your will be done – not mine. And I pray You will open the eyes of all Your children to do the same. Only then, You will heal our land.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Quit Trying So Hard

By |2019-08-04T09:54:36-06:00July 15th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Seek Truth|

Lord, someone today needs to hear this message. Equip me to share with them that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. They need to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up for what they have done. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

The Good Role Model

By |2019-08-04T09:55:26-06:00July 6th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement|

My heart breaks for those who grow up without role models in their lives. Role models that reveal Your truth. Lord, they are formed by their parent’s actions or lack of – their mistakes and unhealthy choices. They long for acceptance, approval and love. But it never comes. And when they become adults, they are expected to know how to parent, how to love others, how to have a strong marriage. Without You, Father, disaster is looming around the corner as the cycle continues to circle.

I hear You speak to my heart through Your Spirit that You are choosing me to remind others to run to You – their heavenly Father – as I did many years ago. It is Your truth, Word and guidance they need to know how to love others and have successful relationships.

Your truth tells me that there is, “one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6 NASB). I cling to Your promise, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NASB).

You are my Father, my role model, who teaches me how to live life. With Your love and guidance, I can conquer whatever hides around the next corner. Use me to share this truth with others!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

The Flight Delay

By |2019-08-04T09:56:53-06:00July 4th, 2019|Encouragement|

I’m astonished, God, how You reveal Your presence even in the most tense circumstances. A flight delay infuriated the young man sitting next to me. His anger burned as I quietly listened to him venting his current frustrations, which led to his unhappy past. I waited patiently for You to give me the specific words to share with him. And when You did, I was able to share how You changed my life.

Lord, the world is desperate for You and they need to know Your truth for their life. I long to be that person who will share with others about Your peace, love and grace and will lead them to You.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

Just A Girl

By |2019-08-04T09:57:33-06:00July 1st, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Do you ever feel that your life doesn’t matter – that you’re just a girl or just a guy going through the motions of life? That your life has no meaning? Maybe someone has mocked your existence or your calling? Don’t listen to them. It’s a lie.

Your heavenly Father loves you and wants you to seek His truth. Truth is – you are not just a girl or just a guy, but you are a child of God. His truth tells me and you, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1 NASB).

You are a child of God living in His light. He has placed you today in the place where He wants you. Shine bright no matter where you are – He is doing great things through your life!

 

June 2019

Are You Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

By |2019-08-04T09:59:10-06:00June 9th, 2019|Bible Study, Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends|

Why is it that I praise and seek You only in the good times but complain when things aren’t going my way? I feel like I’m barely out of Egypt, like the Israelites grumbling against You, God, for taking me out of my comfort zone and into unknown desert, only to struggle with my current situation or to be bitten by the snakes of this world. What is it that You are trying to teach me? I can’t find contentment with where I am!

How quickly You show me that if I continue grumbling and walking in my disobedience the metaphorical serpents of this world will bite me. My eyes are not seeking the One You lifted up to give me an abundant life—eternal life. I’ve been consumed living in the moment and living my way. Your truth tells me,

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look up at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:6–9 ESV).

Your Son was lifted up on the cross to die so I could be with You forever. And when I keep my eyes looking up to You, Jesus, I see truth. I live! Your truth tells me, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15 ESV). My Savior, I lift my arms to worship You and trust You in my unknown desert!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. Published by Hachette/Worthy Publishing

 

April 2019

He Will Calm The Trials In Your Life

By |2019-08-04T10:00:54-06:00April 25th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

Trials aren’t fun. Father, to be honest, if I see one coming, I make every effort to avoid it. I question You, Lord, when I read Your words spoken through Your servant James that tell me to consider trials as “pure joy.” Really? Pure joy?

You gently remind me of my past trials and how You were in the midst of all of them. You show me Your perspective: that difficulty and struggle are not necessarily the enemy, that sometimes You are molding my character. You are teaching me not to sin during my trials but to seek You so that I will possess everything I need in life. It is Your wisdom that helps me to discern the challenges I face. Your truth tells me, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4 ESV).

Though life is sometimes difficult, I am learning total reliance upon You. So as my faith grows in Your love, so does my perseverance. I know that You are transforming me into Your likeness—a complete follower who has been nourished by Your great faithfulness in the midst of my trials. There is no doubt that when I look back on my challenges, I will see Your hand of goodness and remember Your Word: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2 ESV). Knowing Your truth, I can handle anything.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

March 2019

Don’t Look Back – Move Forward

By |2019-08-04T10:01:42-06:00March 20th, 2019|Encouragement, Faith, Family, Friends, Seek Truth|

Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there were times I didn’t understand what You were doing, I know that both were tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection.

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

February 2019

You Separate Me

By |2019-08-04T10:06:07-06:00February 25th, 2019|Daily Truth, Encouragement, Faith|

In the beginning, heavenly Father, You were there. Complete darkness, total silence. Emptiness. And then You opened Your mouth and declared: Let there be light! Your very first words spoken. Then You separated light from darkness. Little did I know as I study Your Word, the Bible, that Your radiant light didn’t come from the sun or the moon, it came from Your Son, Jesus Christ—the Savior of the world. The One who radiates Your light in a world full of darkness. My Savior!

Lord, in the beginning You separated the darkness from light. In the beginning You thought about me. You separated me, too. I no longer live in darkness. I live in Your light. I live in Your truth. A truth that has no end.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

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